Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Emily G. Koehler
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
February 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Koehler will create and exhibit a series of nine color-reduction woodcut relief prints that incorporate collagraphs, at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in the fall of 2015. As part of the exhibit she will teach a public workshop that explores the ecology of invasive plants and concerns associated with their introduction into Minnesota’s environment.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Brenda Brousseau: Visual artist, app developer and software company owner; Laddavanh Insixiengmay: Lao weaving artist and designer, cofounder of Lao Cultural Center, founder of SihnNaChampa Dance Theatre; Leann Johnson: Graphic designer, illustrator and ceramic tile artist; Stephen Klassen: Twin Cities sculptor and painter working primarily with wood; Kristin Makholm: Executive director, Minnesota Museum of American Art; Edie Overturf: Cofounder, LegUp Studio, visiting assistant professor of printmaking, University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Emily Stover: Visual artist and designer, adjunct instructor in design at University of Minnesota; Delina White: Folk and traditional artist from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The artist will create and exhibit a focused body of work aimed at engaging the public in a discussion about the ecology of invasive plant species. Success will be evaluated by the completion and exhibition of new works as well as through tracking the attendance at the exhibition. 2: The artist will host a two-session public workshop where participants will create and print collagraphs using invasive plant specimens. Success will be evaluated by the artist’s ability to gather hands-on experience hosting and teaching her first formal printmaking workshop.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Koehler exhibited twenty-eight new prints, including the nine works committed to in the grant application involving reduction woodcut and collagraph. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts tracked attendance to the facility throughout the exhibition. Attendance at Crossings at Carnegie during the grant window is an estimate based on typical daily attendance. 2: Emily Gray Koehler has gained experience teaching printmaking workshops and has proceeded to offer workshops out of her own studio. Evaluation methods were qualitative, looking at the artist’s success in hosting the workshop and interacting with the students. The artist received a verbal review from the students at the end of the workshop which was overwhelmingly positive.

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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Emily G. Koehler
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